IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

The visit of Commonwealth graves in Communals Cemeteries & Churchyards in Belgium & France

MONCHY British Cemetery (Monchy le Preux) (Pas de Calais France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Pte Frederick Dakin, 03/08/1917, Aged 25.
He was the eldest of five sons in a family of ten children of Frederick William and Ellen Louise Dakin.
The 9th Bn Essex Regiment succeeded the 11th Middlesex in the trenches on 1st August 1917. On the night of the 2nd the Germans put down a very heavy cannonade as a prelude to an attack early on the 3rd. The cannon fire obliterated a support trench of the left Company. It was reported that four soldiers of the Essex died as a result of the cannon fire, three of them from their wounds. The others were L/Cpl J. P. A. Andrews and Ptes J. French and S. J. Revett.

For Kelvin Dakin. 
2nd/Lt George William Cuttle, 05/06/1917, aged 32, probably killed by a sniper, at Shrapnel trench, due East of Monchy Le Preux, and buried the same day.
George, son of John and Elizabeth Anne Boyd, was born in 1885,at Sealcote, North-West Frontier Province, India.
George married Elizabeth in Poona, India around 1905 and had five children. He was a career soldier and ascended the ranks. When George and his family he returned from India around 1912 he was stationed at Fulwood barracks, Preston, his rank was probably Drill Sergeant or Regimental Sergeant Major. His family moved to Bury, returning to Dublin as the Great War began.George was in France & Flanders from 1914, with either the 1st or 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. In 1917 he probably saw action with 2/4th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, before obtaining a commission and transferring to the 8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. He was killed in action within a few days of joining the regiment.
Their children were educated at Skerries College, Dublin, at the expense of the British Army.

George's brother, Frederick, has no known grave and his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.
George,seated 2nd from the left. His rank in this photo is Sergeant Major of the 2/4th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment.
For Lesley & Dave Johnstone.
Gnr Harold George R. Tombleson KIA 28/08/1918 aged 22
Harold was in the army at the outbreak of the war, and in March 1915 was drafted to France, he was wounded three times.
Here on the left, with his brother Walter William J. Tombleson who survived to the war, and his father, Walter Michael Tombleson.

For Bryan and Jennifer Allen
2nd Lt Arthur Charlewood Turner 16/01/1918 aged 37
For Rachel Allard


523 casualties

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